You’ve read Overdressed. Now what?! Elizabeth has a conscious fashion style guide and manifesto coming in 2019. You can sign up for her newsletter on the home page to keep up to date on its release. We can all do our part to make fashion more sustainable and fair. Every little bit of action helps! Here are 5 ways to Take Action today!
1. Join or Donate To These Organizations Fighting for Worker & Environmental Rights
Greenpeace Detox My Fashion Campaign
Clean Clothes Campaign
Labour Behind the Label
The Bangladesh Accord on Fire and Building Safety
Clean Clothes Campaign
Environmental Justice Foundation
Ethical Fashion Forum
International Labor Rights Forum Forum
Global Organic Textile Standards (GOTS)
Stop the Traffik
War on Want
World Fair Trade Organisation (WFTO)
2. Support Better Brands
There are many online tools that can help you check the environmental and social credentials of brands before shopping.
You can download one of these ethical shopping apps:
Brand ranking tools:
- Shop Ethical’s clothing ratings
- Rankabrand’s fashion, clothing and shoes ratings
- Baptist World Australia’s ‘Behind the Barcode’ Ethical Fashion Guide Report
- Fashion Revolution’s Fashion Transparency Index
3. Read More Books & Watch More On Fashion’s Impact!
There are a number of excellent books and movies on the fashion industry that are both enjoyable and packed with useful information. I recommend the following resources.
Wardrobe Crisis – By Clare Press
Overdressed: The Shockingly High Cost of Cheap Fashion – By Elizabeth L. Cline
Clothing Poverty – By Andrew Brooks
Wear No Evil – By Greta Egan
Magnifeco: Your Head-to-Toe Guide to Ethical Fashion and Non-Toxic Beauty – By Kate Black
Eco Fashion – By Sass Brown
Lucy Siegle, To Die For: Is Fashion Wearing Out the World?
Slave to Fashion – By Safia Minney
The Song of the Shirt: The High Price of Cheap Garments, from Blackburn to Bangladesh – By Jeremy Seabrook
Empire of Cotton – By Sven Beckett
Stitched Up: The Anti-Capitalist Book of Fashion – By Tansy E Hoskins
**Bonus, you can also take an online course: The Fashion Revolution: Who Made My Clothes FutureLearn Online Course
Or watch NPR PlanetMoney’s T-Shirt Project: A Five-Part Web Documentary
4. BRING ELIZABETH TO SPEAK AT YOUR EVENT
Panels and speaking events are a great way to spread the message about fashion.
5. BUY ETHICAL & SUSTAINABLE PRODUCTS USING THE SHOPPING GUIDE!